The Department of Clinical Sciences is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and is responsible for undergraduate and post-graduate education and research within anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, veterinary nursing, veterinary epidemiology, comparative medicine, surgery, medicine, clinical pathology, reproductive biotechnology and domestic animal reproduction.

Clinical Sciences

The Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Ruminant medicine at SLU, invites applications from veterinarians for a 4-year position as PhD-student.

Research within the section focuses e.g. on infectious diseases in cattle. We work in cattle herds and in laboratories, with mapping of the epidemiology, spread, immunology, disease mechanisms and persistence of pathogens, as well as with development and evaluation of vaccines and laboratory tests. The overall goal is to develop control methods, such as vaccines, treatments and evidence-based biosecurity measures.

The PhD will focus on understanding the pathogenesis of bovine influenza D virus (IDV) infection and foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) persistence. The work includes characterisation of disease mechanisms and evaluation of control methods in available in vitro models of the lung and soft palate, according to 3R. Acquired results will be investigated in cattle and the role of IDV in the bovine respiratory disease complex will be investigated in the field.

Research is performed in collaboration with national and international partners, such as the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), French National Institute for Agricultural Research and Environment, National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Germany.


The PhD is expected to work with in vitro cell culture models, perform virological and immunonological assays and collect samples in cattle. The duties also include data analysis and processing, statistical evaluation, writing scientific manuscript in English, and data dissemination. Part of the work will be performed outside Sweden.


A veterinary degree and excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Knowledge in ruminant medicine, virology, pathology, histology and cellular, molecular or immunological laboratory techniques is a merit. Previous experience of publication as first author in a peer-reviewed journal is an advantage. Personal qualities such as abilities to solve problems and perform independent as well as team work will be of importance for assessment of the successful candidate.

For eligibility and English language requirements, please see

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicants chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. Read about certification of documents at

Place of work


Form of employment

Temporary employment, 48 months



Starting date

According to agreement, preferably by the 1st of April 2021.


We welcome your application no later than 2020-03-15.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Nils Fall


018-67 13 69

Sara Hägglund


Jean-Francois Valarcher


018-67 13 51